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Asus U20A, U80V, U50Vg and UX50V make their deb-U

Asus has announced the U series: the U20A, U80V, U50Vg and UX50V are claimed to be distinctly battery-friendly with their backlit screens and low-power chips

Asus has announced the U series of laptops: the U20A, U80V, U50Vg and UX50V are claimed to benefit from low power consumption and decent battery life.

The U20A boasts a 12.1-inch screen, the U80V has a nice round 14-inches, and the U50V -- pictured here -- and UX50V both sporting 15.6-inch 16:9 high-definition screens. All the screens are LED-backlit displays with light-in-motion, an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts screen brightness. According to Asus, the result is 50 per cent less power consumption than traditional LCD panels.

Asus U Series

The MosaicGlow keyboard is also backlit. It's a chiclet keyboard, which means it's a pad of rubber buttons like on a remote control. We'll be getting samples in tomorrow so stay tuned for our hands-on first impressions.

Asus U Series

The energy-saving tips don't stop at the screen. Under the bonnet the U20 and UX50 models include Intel's CULV, or Consumer Ultra Low Voltage processor. Asus reckons it's as energy-frugal as an aging hippy living in a yurt in Birkenhead Park, and should therefore have a decent effect on battery life.

Each model includes 4GB of DDR2 800MHz RAM memory, with a choice of storage from 250GB up to 500GB HDD. All four versions also have HDMI output, Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 2.1.

The U series all come with two-year collect-and-return guarantees, and will be priced from £800 to £1,000.